James Reilly of Londonderry

James M. Reilly, 74, of Londonderry, NH, died Wednesday April 24, 2013 in Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. He was born in Waltham, MA on May 28, 1938, a son of the late James and Marie (MacDonald) Reilly, Sr. He had been a resident of Londonderry for the past 40 years, formerly living in Lawrence, MA. Mr. Reilly was a graduate of St. Mary High School in Waltham, MA and had attended Boston College. He was a US Marine veteran. Mr. Reilly was a communicant of Holy Cross Parish in E. Derry. He delighted in gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith A. (Liss) Reilly of Londonderry; loving father of, Joanne Cantone and her husband William of Londonderry; loving grandfather of, Tyler, Brianna, Brendan, and Mikayla; two sisters, Maureen Casperowitz and her husband Joe of Framingham, MA, Barbara Mackiewicz and her husband Vic of Marlborough, MA; two brothers, Philip Reilly and his wife Pina of Florida, and David Reilly and his wife Laurel of Newton, MA. He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine K. Reilly in 1985.

From his wife Judy: An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 2 – 5pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am in Holy Cross Church, Hampstead Rd., Derry, NH. The burial will be follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gilcreast Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Muriel Witte of Londonderry

Muriel M. Witte, 91, of Londonderry, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. She was born September 3, 1921 in Newfoundland, Canada, and was a daughter of the late Albert and Agnes (MacLachlan) Hann. She was raised and educated in the Winchester-Medford, MA area. She married her second husband, William Witte in 1969, and moved to Sea Girt, NJ where she resided for 25 years, prior to relocating to Londonderry in 1994.

Muriel loved decorating and furnishing miniature dollhouses, which her husband built. She was also an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed ceramics. She will long be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and confirmed cat lover.

Members of the family include two daughters, Sandra L. Patten of Londonderry, and Nancy G. Woodworth and her husband Calvin of Wareham, MA, a son Philip A. Poehler, and his wife Susan of Loudon, NH, four grandchildren, David Patten and wife Kathy, Christine Mills and her husband Nicholas, Laura Hart and her husband Robert and William Woodworth, and four great grandchildren, Alex Patten, Nicky Mills, Amanda Mills and Elizabeth Hart. She was predeceased by her husband William Witte, two brothers, Leslie J. and Alan Hann, a granddaughter, Gretchen Woodworth, and a son-in-law, John Patten.

After cremation, a graveside service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Bedford Street, Burlington, MA. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACDQ100904001, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

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Gregory Murphy of Londonderry

Gregory Michael Murphy, 72, of Londonderry, NH died on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 6, 1941 in Lewiston, Maine, a son of the late Raymond and Marion (Mclntyre) Murphy. After graduating from high school, Gregory proudly served his country with the US Army stationed in Germany. He was a bus driver for many years for Trailways and later was the owner and operator of Meineke Muffler in Lawrence for 18 years. He enjoyed fishing at the ocean and lakes, as well as gardening. Gregory was always an avid reader and took great pride in being self-taught on many subjects. He loved to vacation, especially to Aruba, and travel. He was a devout Catholic and will be remembered for his strong beliefs, his sense of humor, work ethic and entrepreneurship. But most of all, he will be remembered for his love and great pride in his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his three daughters, Cathryn Faulring and her husband Peter of Hudson, MA, Amy O’Brien and her husband Thomas of Greenland, NH, Suzanne O’Gara and her husband Shawn of Londonderry, one son, Michael G. Murphy, of Weare, NH, a daughter-in-law, Paula Murphy of New Boston, NH, twelve well-loved grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers, two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Gregory was sadly predeceased by his wife of 43 years Donna Rae Murphy on Oct. 22, 2012. He was also predeceased by a sister, Patricia M. Hannon.

Calling hours were held on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5-7 pm at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 26th at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 26 Crystal Avenue, Derry, NH. Burial will be in Pillsbury Cemetery, Londonderry in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made in Gregory’s memory to the New Hampshire Catholic Charities, PO Box 686, Manchester, NH 03105-0686.

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Sabina Merck of Londonderry

Sabina Merck, 93, of Londonderry, formerly of Long Island, NY, passed Sunday March 31, 2013 at Salem Haven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center in Salem, NH. She was born October 27, 1919 in Czechoslovakia, and was a daughter of the late John and Leopauldenia (Klas) Janus.

Mrs. Merck was a longtime resident of Long Island, NY prior to relocating to Londonderry three and a half years ago, to be close to family. She enjoyed gardening, and loved spending time with her family.

Members of the family include her four sons, Edwin John Merck, Thomas Merck, and his wife Margaret, John Merck, and his wife Susan, and Michael Merck, and his wife Joan, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Mrs. Merck was predeceased by her husband Edwin Merck 1993.

Prior to cremation, a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:30 am, at St. Marks Church, South Rd. Londonderry, NH. Calling Hours will be held that afternoon, Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH. Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern NE Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Units G&H, Nashua, NH 03063.

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Natalie Carlson of Londonderry

Natalie P. (Stanford) Carlson, 78, of Londonderry, NH died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at The Arbors of Bedford surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 5, 1934 in Somerville, MA a daughter of the late Josiah and Lillian (Drover) Stanford. She grew up in Arlington, MA, graduating from high school in 1952. Natalie worked in Boston until her marriage to Richard Carlson in 1955, followed immediately by a move to California. She returned to MA in 1959 settling in Westford and remained there until the couple retired to Londonderry, NH in 1992. While in MA, she was a medical insurance processor and later a medical office manager. Natalie was active in the Londonderry United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She also enjoyed playing the piano, knitting and crewelwork. Natalie’s family was always the most important thing in her life.

Natalie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard Carlson of Londonderry, two sons, Douglas Carlson and his wife Debra of Valrico, FL and Glenn Carlson and his wife Nancy of Fayetteville, WV, one daughter Brenda Demirjian and her husband Arthur of Sandown, NH, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, her twin sister May Todd of Lowell, MA as well as one niece and two nephews.

There are no calling hours. A celebration of Natalie’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Natalie’s memory to the Londonderry United Methodist Church or to the Sonshine Soup Kitchen – Building Fund, 4 Crystal Avenue, Derry, NH. Natalie’s family is very appreciative of the wonderful care and kindness shown to her by the staff at The Arbors of Bedford.

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Leo Gosselin of Londonderry

Leo Odilon Gosselin, 80, of Londonderry, passed Monday March 11, 2013 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester after a lengthy illness. He was born June 1, 1932 in Manchester and was a son of the late Odilon and Yvonne (Durette) Gosselin. Leo was raised and educated in Manchester prior to moving to Litchfield in 1950. He relocated to Nashua in 1965, and had been a resident of Londonderry since 1973.

Leo was a local businessman, having operated several businesses in the area including, Gosselin’s Poultry Farm on Litchfield, Nashua Modern Cleaning Service and Star Wash Mobile Truck cleaning. He also owned commercial property in the Nashua area. Leo was a longtime communicant and usher at St. Jude Parish of Londonderry, a charter member of St. Jude Council 6949 Knights of Columbus of Londonderry and Council 5260 of Manchester; he was also a longtime Boy Scout coordinator with the Daniel Webster Council, BSA. Leo enjoyed embroidery, and was very dedicated to the church and to helping others.

Members of the family include his wife of 47 years, Constance (Ivon) Gosselin of Londonderry, a sister Priscilla Lavoie, of Merrimack, two brothers, George Gosselin, of Francestown and Jean Gosselin and his wife Louise of Goffstown, a god child, Nichols Gosselin of Goffstown, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Claire (Durette) Gosselin

Calling hours will be Sunday March 17, 2013 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday March 18 at 10am at St. Jude Parish 435 Mammoth Rd. Londonderry, and burial will conclude services at 2pm Monday at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery of Nashua.

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